Reduced Autobiographical Memory Specificity in Bereaved Afghan Adolescents

Neshat-Doost, Hamid Taher, Yule, William, Kalantari, Mehrdad, Rezvani, Sayed Rohollah, Dyregrov, Atle and Jobson, Laura (2014) Reduced Autobiographical Memory Specificity in Bereaved Afghan Adolescents. Memory, 22 (6). pp. 700-709. ISSN 0965-8211

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This study investigated the effect of bereavement (father death due to war in Afghanistan) on autobiographical memory specificity in Afghan adolescents living in Iran. Participants consisted of bereaved (n=70) and non-bereaved (n=33) Afghan adolescents. The measures included Farsi versions of the Autobiographical Memory Test, Mood and Feeling Questionnaire, Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale, and Impact of Event Scale. Results indicated that the bereaved group retrieved a significantly lower proportion of specific memories and a significantly greater proportion of extended and categoric memories than the non-bereaved group. Additionally, depression symptoms and reduced autobiographical memory specificity were significantly correlated. These findings suggest that bereaved adolescents have impaired autobiographical memory specificity.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Psychological Sciences (former - to 2018)
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 12:36
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2023 12:39
DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2013.817590

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